Prominent NBA players weigh in on whether NCAA players should be paid

Lynette Rowe
February 24, 2018

Lonzo Ball will return to the court Friday against Dallas, suiting up for the first time in almost six weeks after suffering a sprained tendon in his left knee January 13.

That move leaves Ball returning to a Lakers team that has lost three straight and is playing some of its worst defense of the season, surrendering an average of 129.3 points since the trade. Ball was serving as Los Angeles' starting point guard since the start of the season, but a knee injury paved the way for a new face in the lineup. "Just to be able to play tonight, especially back home, it's gonna be great".

The Lakers (23-34) lost to the Mavs (18-40) on February 10 in Dallas. "I don't know. I'm just going out there and going to play hard".

"He brings another dimension to what we have", said Coach Luke Walton. The Lakers return to the practice court on Wednesday night, and Ball expects to return in the team's first game after the All-Star break on Friday against Dallas (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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"We've been at this thing for a long time, this is a huge business now, so it's tough to stop".

From being the face of Boston for four years, to only playing several games in a Cleveland and now in the purple and gold, Isaiah Thomas has no problem of being in the spotlight.

Ball doesn't think so and there are plenty of other athletes who see the flaw in the system, including Kevin Durant who weighed in on if it's even possible to stop players from being paid by agents. The Lakers (23-34) are hoping their prized rookie point guard will turn things around for them once again.

"There's advantages to having them on the court (together)", Walton said.

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